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Interview your heroes

Ask your heroes for career advice, and you never know where it'll lead.

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I graduated from university about 2 years ago, in the midst of the recession. Job prospects weren't great, but one thing helped me get a good job.

For a year before graduation my friend William Channer and I ran a podcast where we interviewed our heroes in the world of entrepreneurship, marketing and design. People are receptive to being interviewed, no matter how famous they are, because they want to give back to the community.

From the podcast William got a mentor and lots of advice about breaking into the advertising industry, and I got a job at a fast growing London startup.

Starting a podcast or just reaching out to your heroes via email is very easy to do, and it really worked for us.

"If you ask someone for help, they give you advice. Ask for advice, and they'll give you help." So be sure to ask for lots of advice!

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Well thought through - and illustrated! Was this graphic created specifically for this concept?

I resonate with this because it is a low barrier to entry for helping motivate young people toward their goals and aspirations. Beginning a career can be completely daunting (not having any connections, being unable to decide a career) - often leaving people feeling powerless and paralyzed.

I have been a part of a "career panel" a few times for an organization called New Door Ventures - focused on granting young people employment. The panel always seems to inspire young people to make more concrete connections regarding their career aspirations. The process makes the career path more tangible, and less frightening. Not only this - but as mentioned above - it can lead to great connections and even employment! Win - Win!!!

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